A boat leaves for America. On it are our protagonists, a young woman and her older, married lover. This is a tale of a love triangle, ruminating on the theme of time passing.
Taking her cue from tarot cards, Winterson’s chapters are labelled accordingly – the page of swords, the tower…if you’re familiar with these Jungian archetypes, you may find this an appealing device. I suppose the danger of knowing the tarot well, as I do, is a tendency to compare your own knowledge with Winterson’s, specifically how she transfers her knowledge of these cards into fiction; it’s a little distracting. For this reason, I’m dubious about this as a structural device.
Having said this, the theme of time passing is explored deeply, and the guiding intelligence behind the narrative is impressive. I didn’t love it to be honest, but it’s certainly a rich read.